Arab architecture utilizes modern mashrabiya for design, low maintenance

07/1/2014 |

The intricate wooden window screens, or mashrabiya, in the Arab world are being reinvented and used in Arab architecture for tall buildings to provide sun-shading and passive cooling and lower maintenance cost. This photo gallery shows some of the buildings, including the Breakwater Beacon in Saudi Arabia, a lighthouse of hexagonal precast concrete blocks similar to the traditional mashrabiya screens.

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